Rich Kolbell

A ray of light in a dark season, is rewarded by being named Freshman All-American

The Oregon Athletic Department announced Monday that linebacker Troy Dye was named freshman All-American by ESPN and USA Today. Dye, was the Ducks’ leading tackler, tackles for loss and sacks in 2016.

Despite the Ducks going 4-8 for the season, Dye was the one constant on a team that labored all year long on the defensive side of the ball. Dye play spoke volumes about the freshman from Norco, California but it also became soon apparent that he was looked at as one of the future leaders of the team and was selected by his teammates as the team’s most valuable player.

Dye was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after his first game in Week 1 of the season when he recorded 11 tackles (seven solos) including 4.5 TFLs, one being a sack.

For the season Dye had 91 tackles, 13 TFLs and 6.5 sacks, plus an interception.

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